Press Association

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Not to be confused with Associated Press.
Press Association

The Press Association (PA) is a multimedia news agency operating in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

PA is part of PA Group Limited,[1] a private company with 27 shareholders, most of whom are national and regional newspaper publishers. The biggest shareholders are Associated Newspaper Holdings Limited, News International plc, Trinity Mirror plc and United Business Media plc. The group also encompasses Globelynx, which provides TV-ready remotely monitored camera systems for corporate clients to connect with TV news broadcasters in the UK and worldwide; TNR, a specialist communications consultancy; and Sticky Content, the UK's leading digital copywriting and content strategy agency.

PA delivers a continuous feed of content via a national newswire, including text, images, video and data into newsrooms around the country. This ranges from international sports data and entertainment guides, to TV listings and archived images.

For instance, PA Images has more than 12 million photographs available online and around 10 million in physical archives dating back 150 years.[citation needed]

PA has continually evolved to provide businesses, brands and public sector organisations with multimedia content. PA’s products and services span across sports data APIs, hosted live blogs, social media content, media training, page production services and TV listings.[citation needed]

PA’s customers are varied, consisting of non-media customers, business brands, commercial companies, Government and not-for-profit organisations.[citation needed]


The Press Association was founded in 1868 by a group of provincial newspaper proprietors to provide a London-based service of news-collecting and reporting from around the United Kingdom.

The news agency's founders sought to produce a more accurate and reliable alternative to the monopoly service of the telegraph companies. A committee appointed to make arrangements for the formation of the organisation said: "The Press Association is formed on the principle of co-operation and can never be worked for individual profit, or become exclusive in its character".

The Press Association launched the Ananova news website in 2000. Ananova was then sold to Orange.

In December 2013, PA Group sold its weather business MeteoGroup, Europe's largest private sector weather company, to global growth investment firm General Atlantic.[citation needed]

A full history of the Press Association was written by Chris Moncrieff, CBE, the former Political Editor of the Press Association in 2001 called "Living on a Deadline."

PA Agency[edit]

PA’s service supplies news, sport, entertainment and images stories, delivered in multi-format for various print and digital platforms.

PA provides a stream of content on wires, delivers packages for use online, or designs and delivers ready-to-publish pages for use in print. This media content now includes video and interactive graphics.

• PA news reporters file stories every day, from breaking news to show business and human interest stories.

• In sport, PA reports on the major events around the world including tennis, golf, rugby, horseracing and key football tournaments.

• PA’s entertainment journalists gather celebrity coverage, star interviews and independent reviews.

• PA Images provide photographic content for the news, sport and entertainment genres from around the world. Images are multi-format and available for multiple platforms, e.g. tablet, smartphone.


TNR is the specialist communications consultancy of the Press Association. Offering creative PR services from a journalistic perspective, it provides the ability to commission PA videographers, photographers and trainers.


Globelynx was founded in 2001 and is part of PA Group. Globelynx connects, via its managed fibre optic network, a growing list of corporate clients to TV news broadcasters in the UK and worldwide. It provides TVready remotely monitored, broadcast-quality purpose built camera systems.

Sticky Content[edit]

Sticky Content is the UK's leading digital copywriting and content strategy agency[citation needed], providing clients with a complete end-to-end content marketing solution.

Board of directors[edit]

  • Murdoch MacLennan (Chairman, PA Group)
  • Clive Marshall (Chief Executive, PA Group)
  • Tony Watson (Managing Director, Press Association)
  • Andrew Dowsett, (Chief Operating Officer, PA Group)
  • Simon Fox (Chief Executive, Trinity Mirror)
  • Kevin Beatty (Chief Executive, A&N Media)
  • Mike Darcey (Chief Executive, News UK)
  • Adrian Jeakings (Chief Executive, Archant)


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sweney, Mark; Ben Dowell (14 June 2012). "PA Group records 85% increase in profits and boosts chief executive's pay". The Guardian. 

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